Nominations for the 2020 Independent Games Festival Awards have been announced.

Mutazione topped the list with nominations in four categories, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Die Gute Fabrik’s wonderful adventure game (which featured on our own best indies of 2019 list) also secured nods in Visual Art, Audio, and Narrative.

Eliza, A Short Hike, Slay the Spire, Anodyne 2: Return to Dust, and Untitled Goose Game are the other Grand Prize nominees.

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Elsewhere, Elsinore – a time-looping retelling of the famous Shakespeare tragedy Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view – picked up two nominations, for Design and Narrative.

The Narrative category looks to be incredibly competitive, with Eliza, Heaven’s Vault, LIONKILLER (a Mulan story set during the First Opium War), and Wide Ocean, Big Jacket in the running alongside Mutazione and Elsinore.


You can read the full list of nominations below:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Anodyne 2: Return to Dust
  • A Short Hike
  • Eliza
  • Mutazione
  • Slay the Spire
  • Untitled Goose Game

    Excellence in Visual Art

    • Creature in the Well
    • Eastward
    • Knights and Bikes
    • Mutazione
    • Stone Story RPG
    • Void Bastards

      Excellence in Audio

      • Astrologaster
      • Knights and Bikes
      • Mutazione
      • Observation
      • Untitled Goose Game
      • Vectronom

        Heaven's Vault
        Heaven’s Vault

        Excellence in Design

        • A Short Hike
        • Elsinore
        • Katana ZERO
        • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
        • Patrick’s Parabox
        • Slay the Spire

          Excellence in Narrative

          • Eliza
          • Elsinore
          • Heaven’s Vault
          • LIONKILLER
          • Mutazione
          • Wide Ocean, Big Jacket

            Nuovo Award

            • Infini
            • Life Tastes Like Cardboard
            • The Longing
            • PAGAN: Autogeny
            • Promesa
            • Song of Bloom
            • The Space Between
            • Tales from Off-Peak City Vol. 1

              A Juggler's Tale
              A Juggler’s Tale

              Best Student Game

              • BORE DOME
              • Forgotten
              • A Juggler’s Tale
              • Neon Beats
              • Nothing in Sight
              • Orbital Bullet

                The winners will be announced on March 18, 2020.

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